In Kanpur, Swept By BJP Last Time, Opposition Banks On Demonetisation, Job Losses

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The guts of Uttar Pradesh, and certainly one of its main industrial hubs, Kanpur had voted overwhelmingly for the BJP within the 2017 Meeting and 2019 Lok Sabha elections, even placing behind it the setbacks of demonetisation.

In an acknowledgment of Kanpur’s significance, the BJP had made two of its seven MLAs, who had gained from Kanpur’s 10 seats, Cupboard ministers.

Hoping to repeat its efficiency within the February 20 polls, the BJP is speaking of improvement, and wishing that the anger over unemployment wouldn’t swamp it.

The Cupboard Minister for Infrastructure and Industrial Growth,

Satish Mahana, an MLA from Kanpur since 1991, who’s attempting to win his eighth Meeting election, is the star campaigner throughout the district.

In nukkad conferences, he talks in regards to the not too long ago inaugurated first stretch of the Metro Rail (for which the Samajwadi Get together too takes credit score) and the “24-hour electrical energy provide”.

2017 se pehle jab humari sarkar nahin thi, to batti aati nahin thi. Humari sarkar bani to batti jati nahin. Sabko uska labh milta hai (Earlier than 2017, when it was not our authorities, individuals would by no means get energy.

Now, there aren’t any energy cuts. Everybody good points from it),” he says campaigning within the Kanpur Cantonment seat.

Not “everybody”, says the SP, which has been attempting to spotlight the ruling BJP’s “bias” in direction of a caste and faith.

The area continues to speak in regards to the 2020 encounter through which gangster Vikas Dubey was killed together with seven others, and the way their members of the family have been “mistreated”.

The Yogi Adityanath authorities has usually confronted allegations of a pro-Thakur bias, alienating the opposite influential higher caste of Brahmins.

Making an attempt to money in on this, the Congress has fielded the sister-in-law of certainly one of Dubey’s aides killed within the encounter, from the Kalyanpur seat.

Others see within the selection of candidates an indication that the BJP won’t do a 2017 repeat in Kanpur.

For instance, take Ghatampur, which the celebration left for ally Apna Dal after reportedly failing to discover a substitute for its sitting MLA,

Kamal Rani, who died of Covid. The SP candidate is turncoat BJP sitting MLA from Bilhaur, Bhagwati Prasad Sagar.

Whereas Kanpur was as soon as thought to be a Congress stronghold, the combat is now largely between the BJP and SP.

Says Irfan Solanki, the SP candidate from Sisamau, “Public was fooled throughout demonitisation however not this time.

Covid has taken away employment, farmers haven’t forgotten how the BJP handled them.

The general public has additionally seen how the BJP needs to create a divide between Hindus, Muslims.

The rise in electrical energy payments, they must reply for all that.”

At her roadshow on Wednesday, Congress chief Priyanka Gandhi Vadra additionally talked about demonetisation and its impact on the small merchants and leather-based business of Kanpur.

Denying the allegations of the BJP destroying the economic system, Mahana says, “The SP couldn’t convey a single main business to Kanpur.

However I’m completely happy I’ve been capable of shift the dialogue from caste-based politics to industrialisation and employment.

We’re creating leather-based clusters, an industrial freight hall.”

The principle contests:


Shaped after delimitation in 2009, the seat was gained by the BJP’s Satish Mahana in each 2012 and 2017.

Earlier than that, Mahana had represented the Kanpur Cantonment seat.

He’s up in opposition to the SP’s younger candidate, Sikh Fateh Bahadur, 36, who caught the state’s eye when he held a protest in opposition to rising unemployment exterior Mahana’s home final yr and was arrested.

Bahadur repeatedly talks of the “declining” jobs and industrialisation up to now 5 years, hoping to place Mahana as Industries Minister on the spot.

Bilhaur (Reserved):

The largely rural constituency with a dominant inhabitants of Scheduled Castes and OBCs was gained by the BJP’s Bhagwati Prasad Sagar in 2017.

Nevertheless, the SP stays a formidable drive right here, having gained the seat in 2012.

Now, its arms are additional strengthened on account of Sagar’s defection to it.

The BJP candidate is its Kanpur-Bundelkhand area president, Rahul Baccha Sonkar.


A seat dominated by OBCs, it has been a robust seat of the BJP.

Get together chief Prem Lata Katiyar had gained it 4 instances until 2012 earlier than the SP’s Satish Nigam defeated her.

In 2017, Katiyar’s daughter Nilima Katiyar wrested again the seat for the BJP. This time, Nilima and Nigam are pitted in opposition to one another.

The Congress candidate is Neha Tiwari, the sister-in-law of slain gangster Vikas Dubey’s aide Amar Dubey.

Neha claims to have the assist of Brahmin organisations throughout the state. The BJP is countering it by telling the story of policemen killed by the Dubey gang.


A Muslim-dominated seat, Sisamau voted for the SP in 2017 – the one different seat other than Aryanagar that it gained in Kanpur.

The SP’s candidate is Irfan Solanki, who represented Aryanagar earlier than being moved to Sisamau and successful it in 2012 in addition to 2017.

The BJP candidate is former Aryanagar MLA Salil Vishnoi.

Kanpur Cantonment:

This was the one seat gained by the Congress in Kanpur in addition to surrounding areas in 2017.

The celebration has once more fielded the successful chief, Suhail Ansari.

In actual fact, of the seven Congress’s successful MLAs from 2017, 4 have left, besides Ansari, Congress state president Ajay Lallu and Aradhna Mishra.

The BJP has fielded Raghunandan Singh Bhadauria, who had gained Kanpur Cantonment in 2012.


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